Pau Gasol for Kevin Love and #2 Pick Not Happening

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After a lackluster performance in this year’s playoffs and rumors of infidelity in the Lakers locker room, there has been much speculation about the fate of Lakers forward Pau Gasol during the course of the off-season.

Among the many rumors leading up to this year’s NBA Draft are the reports  that a deal between the Lakers and Timberwolves for Pau Gasol has been brewing, bringing the four-time All Star to the Twin Cities to play with fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio. Gasol himself addressed these rumors on Monday in Spain, stating that he wished to stay with the purple and gold:

My desire is to stay with the Lakers. I don’t have control over it but I want to stay with the Lakers for as many years as I can to be able to remain eligible for the maximum possible championships,” Gasol told reporters in the northeastern city of Alicante.

For now, though, it appears that Gasol is safe. David Kahn himself has openly stated that All-Star forward Kevin Love will not be traded, saying that the Timberwolves are “not interested” in trading any of their core players. Other league sources have also dismissed the proposed deal:

The Timberwolves have been among the most active teams in trade discussions leading up to the draft, offering the second pick to several teams with a list of demands that included Nash, the Lakers’ Pau Gasol, and the Wizards’ JaVale McGee, league sources said Wednesday. The proposed Gasol trade is “not happening,” one of the sources said.

The 2011 NBA Draft kicks off Thursday, and although this rumor has now been silenced, it won’t be the last one leading up to tomorrow night.

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  • Michael Lujan

    Because Pau Gasol said he doesn’t want to be traded now it’s not happening? With that login Kobe would have left during his crazy summer….

    • Eduard2424

      Lakers discussing Odom and Walton for Andre Iguodala

  • Anonymous

    This scenario died days ago…  Go with Bynum for #2-DWilliams, WJohnson, DMilicic, JFlynn, then trade for Felton.

    • x562x

      hell ya thats wut im saying!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kesean-Turner/1489086319 Kesean Turner

      hahaaaa!!!! hahaaaa hahaaa!!!! ROTFLMAO! Hahaaa!!! (the response of David Kahn, and I)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kesean-Turner/1489086319 Kesean Turner

        Then trade for Felton. Hahaaaa hahaaaa hahaaa. ROTFLMBAO! Again!!!

      • Anonymous

        Nobody axed you.  Nice informative response!

  • asj;lfds

    it better not happen ! 

  • http://www.sportsbetting.com.au online sports betting

    I really hope it does not happen. I would be much happier if  Bynum would be the one to be traded.

    • THE LAST SEMORI

      If we trade Bynum we will lose a lot of height in the center postion !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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